WINTER GETAWAY IN THE BLUE MOUNTAINS
You already know that Blue Mountain is one of the most popular ski resorts in Ontario. If you are not sure that a ski trip to The Blue Mountains is right for you, there are plenty of good reasons to plan a winter getaway on the shores of Georgian Bay, where we welcome winter with festivals of all kinds, music, food, and outdoor activities just waiting to fill up your calendar. Learn about all the Blue Mountain winter attactions and activities that will make every holiday celebration and family reunion memorable.
Top Winter Activities at Blue Mountain
With snow on the ground, Blue Mountain and the South Georgian Bay area turns into an outdoor mecca of activities. Hitting the slopes at Blue Mountain Resort is of course the most popular activity, and the other Blue Mountain Resort attractions like the Ridge Runner Coaster, the Hike ‘n Tube and the apres-ski parties will also fill your days and evenings with endless entertainment. Lounge beside the fire pit and enjoy buskers, concerts and a host of Blue Mountain Village winter events. Enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride, visit unique shops, or stop in one of the many restaurants for a gourmet meal or quick treat.
Snowshoeing in Blue Mountain on a Winter Getaway
When there’s snow on the ground, you can snowshoe almost anywhere where you’d normally hike. Snowshoeing across the Scenic Caves Nordic Centre’s suspension bridge is a highlight as well as guided night snowshoe hikes. Just outside your suite door at Royal Harbour Resort, you can get on the Georgian Trail, a 34 km un-groomed linear trail, perfect for uncomplicated cross-country skiing or snowshoeing. It follows the route of the original northern railway along the southern shore of Georgian Bay. Other forest snowshoe trails in the area can be found at Loree Forest, Eugenia Falls, Pretty River Valley Provincial Park and Trout Hollow in Meaford. For a full list of snowshoe trails visit southgeorgianbay.ca/cross-county-ski-snowshoe/
Snowshoe Amongs the Vineyards
Winter is a great time to visit a local vineyard. At Georgian Hills Vineyards and Coffin Ridge Boutique Winery, you can snowshoe amongst the vineyards then cozy up by the fireplace while savouring local wines and artisans cheeses for a quintessential Canadian experience.
Hummer Tours on the Niagara Escarpment
Don’t let the snow deter you from getting into the deepest forest on the Niagara Escarpment for some wild winter fun. Shuttle up the mountain “military style” in the H1 Hummer, strap on a pair of snowshoes, and enjoy the sights and sounds of the area’s finest trails and gorgeous view of Georgian Bay from the highest elevation along the Niagara Escarpment. Learn the history of the aboriginal peoples that inhabited this land. At the end of your jaunt through the woods, enjoy a hot apple cider back at the Hummer before returning to civilization.
Outdoor Ice Skating in Blue Mountain
Affordable, easy to learn and so much fun, ice skating guarantees to put some major laughter on your winter break. Collingwood’s outdoor skating rink is open for free skating throughout the winter. Blue Mountain Resort’s old-fashioned Mill Pond, located in the centre of the Village, is also open for skating during the winter season, as is the Woodview Mountaintop Skating Trail. Many indoor arenas are also located throughout the region.
Cross-country Skiing in Blue Mountain
It’s a classic winter activities that everyone in the family can enjoy. There are professionally groomed cross-country ski trails, classic and skate skiing, high atop the Niagara Escarpment at Highlands Nordic and Scenic Caves Nordic Centre.
Just up the road from Royal Harbour Resort, there’s a little place called The Dam Pub, where you will meet Certified Single Malt Amabassador, Stephanie Price, and taste one of over 790 whiskies from around the world. Belly up and ask Stephanie for a bar side whisky tasting. You can be sure Stephanie will share her knowledge and a few whisky tales from her whisky travels and experiences.
On The Shores of Georgian Bay
Royal Harbour Resort is centrally located to enjoy all of these winter getaway activities, a short two-hour drive from the Greater Toronto Area. Our spacious two-bedroom, two-bathroom suites offers open concept living, sleep 6 and include a fireplace!